Dodge Nature Center

Mission Statement

Providing exceptional experiences in nature through environmental education.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments During this critical period for our environment, Dodge strives to shape awareness by providing unique-hands on educational programs to over 59,000 visitors every year. With children spending less time outdoors, the experiences Dodge provides play a crucial part in a child’s development and a positive bond with nature. We have seen increased number of summer campers as well as increased foot traffic of daily walkers on the property. We celebrated our 50th Annivesary with opening the Olivia Irvine Dodge Library and History Center. We are expanding our reach into Washington County with the acquisition of the Shepard Farm Property in Cottage Grove. Received in 2013 from the Amherst Wilder Foundation, we have been working with consulting firm Outdoor Solutions, LLC to develop a plan for Shepard Farm to make this a nature education destination similar to our main property in West. St. Paul. We have recently kicked off a Community Garden Program as well as a bee program coming in 2018.
Current Goals Develop and implement a plan for Shepard Farm. Grow Dodge Nature Center’s financial and fundraising strength. Increase Dodge Nature Center’s organizational capacity. Address Dodge Nature Center’s growing facilities needs and commitment to restoration.
Community or Constituency Served Dodge Nature Center serves children and adults of all ages, which include preschoolers, school-aged children 6-12, teens, college students, parents, non-parents, and seniors.
Geographic Area Served Dodge Nature Center draws participants from all over the Twin Cities metro area, however about 70% of the students are from Dakota, Ramsey, and Washington counties in Minnesota.

Reports & Finances

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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 03/04/2018

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365 Marie Ave. W
West St Paul, MN 55118
Phone: 651-455-4531

General Information

Alternative Name: Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center
EIN: 41-6081794
Principal Staff: Jason Sanders
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 38
Number of Volunteers: 1,622
Number of Clients: 58,000
Ruling Year: 1967


Board Chair: Ann Schwichtenberg
Number of Board Members: 26
Board Meetings with Quorum: 6
Average Member Attendance: 15.8

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